To solve the shutdown, Washington Post suggests abolishing the House, giving Obama unilateral power
While the vast majority of the mainstream media is running around blaming the Republicans for the government shutdown, the Washington Post has taken a different tack. They’re blaming the Constitution itself, specifically the idea that power should be separated into different branches of government.
from the Washington Compost:
But it’s not just that Madison’s system is unnecessary. It’s potentially dangerous. Scholars of comparative politics have shown that presidential systems with a separation of executive and legislative functions, like America’s, are considerably more likely to collapse into dictatorship than are parliamentary systems where the executive and legislative branches are merged. That’s because there are competing branches of government able to claim democratic legitimacy and steer the ship of state at the same time — and when they disagree profoundly, there’s no real mechanism for resolving the dispute.
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Naturally, the writers at the Washington Post think that the Executive Branch should have the power to legislate. He actually argues in this piece that we should abolish the House of Representatives!
Subsequent experience, however, has shown Madison to be incorrect. New Zealand, Norway, Israel and Sweden all have unicameral parliaments whose leader serves as the executive, with only a weak monarch or powerless president and (in some cases) the judiciary to check them. None of those countries have collapsed into despotism as a result. The UK, Japan, Germany, Spain, Canada and the Netherlands have upper houses of parliament that are formally much weaker than the lower houses, and each has the leader of its lower house serve as executive. No coups d’état ensued in those places either.
Even in this country, there’s one state — Nebraska — that abolished its upper house starting in 1937. Omaha did not collapse into a dystopian hellmouth as a consequence.
I’m sorry the dolts at the Washington Post got such a poor education in basic civics, but let me explain for a moment why the House of Representatives is perhaps the most important body in the United States government.
Our Founding Fathers set up the House with term lengths of only 2 years. Why so short? To keep members of the House accountable to their constituents. As a result, overturning the balance of power in the House can come swiftly (as it did in 2010) when we the people aren’t happy with how things are working on Capitol Hill. To abolish the House of Representatives would do away with the most accountable branch of the Federal Government.
Instead, power would all go to the President (4-year terms) and the Senate (6-year terms), and the people of the United States would have no means of changing the tone in Washington or the direction in the country if things go poorly.
In a sense, the Constitution is to credit for the shutdown, because the Founding Fathers gave the House of Representatives the power to set the budget. They designed the gears of our Republic to grind slowly so that one party and one President couldn’t ride in and “fundamentally transform” the way the country works in one election.
Now listen to the Washington Posts’s disturbing conclusion:
Max Weber, in conversation with Gen. Erich Ludendorff, advanced my personal favorite theory of democracy: “In a democracy the people choose a leader in whom they trust. Then the chosen leader says, ‘Now shut up and obey me.’ ” People and party are then no longer free to interfere in his business.
"Shut up and obey me?" That’s what the Washington Post wants. An emperor! Emperor Obama! "I won the election! Now, shut up and obey me!"
Although that sounds eerily close to the attitude President Obama already has, thankfully we have the House of Representatives there to act as a check on his power.
I guess I always knew there were liberal writers like this out there…but…I would have never thought they’d be ballsy enough to post something this tyrannical.
This is bad. Really bad.
If they try this, there will be war. Period.